Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pope: Dogs can go straight to hell!

Maybe you saw this article a few days ago where the Pope said that our doggies will make it to heaven.

Well, turns out that isn't quite the case. According to an update, the Pope really didn't say it all all. And based on the facts of this new article, plus what I make up in my head, it appears to suggest the Pope may have said something analogous to another Pope, perhaps condemning our furry friends to eternal damnation.

I base my conclusion from today's standards of investigative journalism and a closer reading of the original article in the New York Times which contained this gem:

During a weekly general audience at the Vatican last month, the pope, speaking of the afterlife, appeared to suggest that animals could go to heaven, asserting, “Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us.”

Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper, analyzing the pope’s remarks, concluded he believed animals have a place in the afterlife. It drew an analogy to comforting words that Pope Paul VI was said to have once told a distraught boy whose dog had died: “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.”


Dolly the Dog: Heaven on Earth!
Thanks, Corriere della Sera, for setting a new standard in journalism. And thanks, New York Times, for just passing on whatever you feel like!

The point is not to debate whether dogs will or won't find their way to heaven. The point is that the standards of journalistic integrity, and getting the story right, no longer seem to apply. The New York Times misquotes the Pope? That seems like a big deal. Or used to be it would have been. I'm guessing no one really cares that much about the error. I'm not sure if that is a reflection of the decline of the mainstream media or the Pope. But that's another essay.

Today the news is all about getting 'clicks' and eyeballs to generate ad revenue. Perhaps more-so that in the past. I'll spare you, dear reader, another analysis of the Rolling Stone gang rape story except to say, holy shit what a colossal mess that created.

It used to be you could discern the reputable newspapers, like the New York Times, from the sensationalist. And the evening news on television, the news you could trust, was a loss-leader to get us to tune into a particular network so we'd watch whatever entertainment came next. But that was back when we didn't have a gagillion channels, networks, etc., we didn't have a 24x7 news cycle with hours to fill, and when we had to actually get up out of our chairs to change the channel. Not anymore.

The so-called mainstream media no longer exists. It's dead, or on life support at best, as local and national news programs have gutted their investigative journalism efforts to save money. Now we get all our news from Facebook, and Buzzfeed, and Reddit, and from our friends' text messages, and from celebrity tweets. Our 'news' is passed to us from agenda setting right and left wing 'pseudo-news' blogs, and the like, with little regard for accuracy.

If you hadn't realized it yet, I'm telling you now: We just can't believe everything we see here in the Matrix. Maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones and Santa will leave you a personal fact checker in your stocking. Otherwise the truth will be only what you hope it to be.

Meanwhile, it's buyer beware, friends.

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